Beaujolais Wine

Beaujolais

Beaujolais lies roughly in the southeast quarter of France, between Burgundy to the north and the Rhone to the south. It is very close to the city of Lyon, which during the late middle ages was home to many silk merchants. For a while Beaujolais itself was also a famous textile center. Its name comes from the house of Beaujeu, a noble family of the region first mentioned in the 900s.

Prior to becoming a textile center however, the Beaujolais region was a wine-producing area. Vineyards have been found that date to Roman times. From that point through most of the middle ages, gamay and pinot noir were planted throughout the Beaujolais and Burgundy areas. Gamay produced larger grapes and some people felt that it also produced a less concentrated wine. Therefore, in 1395 Phillip the Bold of Burgundy decreed that only pinot noir was to be planted in Burgundy and the gamay vines were to be pulled out. Because the Beaujolais region was not under his authority, the gamay was left alone there Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Beaujolais View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Beaujolais

  • Brouilly

      Brouilly is the largest of the crus of Beaujolais. Like the others, it is located on the h...

  • Saint-amour

    Local lore suggest that this region was named after a Roman soldier (St. Amateur) who converted t...

  • Beaujolais Nouveau

    Beaujolais Nouveau is a style of young, fresh wine produced in the Beaujolais region, adjacent ...

  • Beaujolais-villages

      Beaujolais-Villages comes from the higher-quality vineyards in the hilly, northern part of...

  • Beaujolais-villages Nouveau

Popular Wineries in Beaujolais View all

  • Chateau de Lacarelle

    The château of Lacarelle is the one of the oldest castel of Beaujolais. It groups together 138 he...

  • Domaine du Vissoux

    Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux The art of making wine that reveals the gra...

  • Marcel Lapierre

    In 1973, Marcel Lapierre begins again the family business composed then by 7 hectares with the cu...

  • Château de Juliénas

    In the 13th century, on the site of today's castle stood a fortified house belonging to the lord ...

  • Château de Pizay

    Since the Middle Ages the fine wines of the Château de Pizay have been appreciated by Beaujola...

  • Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud

    I’m stated my job in 1989, after obtaining my diploma in oenology and wine-growing. My estate is...

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • 2010 ChenasCave Saint Cyr.A bit overpriced at $29.99 for what you get. Just another typical Beaujolais but a bit of plumb goes along for the ride with strawberry and raspberry. Mild floral notes of old red rose. Medium-low bodied wine with simple red fruit and berry. Could not find the oak or spice aside from a touch of maybe clove. Short finish... Read More

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  • It's true that sometimes you should pay attention to a vintage, but that ... or a Vinho Verde or village Beaujolais? Usually best to get the most recent.The Cabs in that range though, particularly if they're producing enough to sell at Total WIne, tend to be pretty well stabilized for one thing, and more importantly, the producer is usually tr... Read More

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  • There are plenty of ways to do sausages of all sorts on decent buns (or even ... syrahs (and even merlots) to beaujolais and rieslings and even pinot blanc. Obviously depends on the sausage contents, toppings and roll which wine to choose.Oscar Meyer on the cheapest white rolls with mustard and relish? Champagne has worked (the utlimate fallba... Read More

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  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages Flower Label 2011

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  • The JP Brun was a bit different this time around. The last bottle had some ... ... the typical shy fashion of Beaujolais. Read More

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  • Exactly my problem DV!! That's why everything is unclear to me.Diego - in ... get lots of fruit - a young Beaujolais, Barbera, or Nebbiolo can often fit that kind of profile.Heitz Trailside is a Cab from Rutherford. I've had it side by side with the Martha's and I'm not sure that I'd describe it as "brighter". But to each his own.The truth is,... Read More

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  • Typical JC Debeaune. The aromatic intensity was quite nice though with some ... It was the best of all these Beaujolais I tried. Also picked up a Julienas by Michel Tete and a Chenas. When I'm through with these bottles, I'm gonna skip over to Rhone and look for some affordable options.All in all, I feel like I've obtained a decent knowledge (... Read More

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  • WA rated a 90 with black raspberry, carob, brown spices and chocolate. ... a ... a bit different than other Beaujolais. I believe it's the carob. Brown spices is a good descriptor. Other than that, I'm definitely getting the raspberry and a bit of plumb. Read many reviews of this wine and they're all talking about a touch of chocolate on the f... Read More

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  • Started off fairly mild and boring, but a couple days after I pulled the cork ... ... not as bold as the other Beaujolais I've tried, but pleasant and simple.  If your not a fan of bold reds, you might like this. Like other Gamay, it's ripe strawberry and raspberry, but doesn't have the punch I'm used to with Morgon. Low tannins and fairly dry... Read More

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  • QUOTEI'm not sure your statement about most French wine regions are ... ... Rhone, you have others. In Beaujolais for example, Gamay is the only red grape allowed in Morgon (And probably some other Beaujolais cru as well). Morgon is allowed to grow about 3 or 4 whites though (Chardonnay, Aligote and maybe Pinot Gris).Pouilly Fume (Loire Valley... Read More

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